Isle of Wight News

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Labour and Lib Dem Councillors propose lower council tax increase (updated)

calculator glasses and paperwork

As part of their alternative budget, the two Labour and one LibDem councillors propose 1.99% increase as opposed to the 4.99% increase being proposed by the Conservative UKIP Alliance.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 4:11pm

By Geoff Lumley with 3 readers' comments

Island Independents announce alternative budget: ‘Care and compassion, not desks and pens’ (updated)

calculator and money

The Island Independents have prepared their alternative budget highlighting the difference between theirs and the Conservative Alliance budget. The budget proposals will be discussed and voted upon at this Wednesday's full council meeting.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 2:19pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with 24 readers' comments

Mobile recycling unit travels the Island

mobile waste unit

The Mobile HRC provides a further facility that reaches out into the community to help people recycle more. Check the dates of when it's nearby to you.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 1:48pm

By IW Council Press Office with 5 readers' comments

River rescue for drink driver

car in medina

Emergency services rushed to the rescue of this drink driver who careered through the railings and into the river on Friday evening.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 8:13am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Green Party high profile visit boosts membership

caroline and vix at brook

Green MP and Green Party co-leader visits Isle of Wight, Caroline Lucas, made a visit to the Isle of Wight last weekend.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 7:00am

By Vix Lowthion with 23 readers' comments

Is there an out of hours GP service on the Isle of Wight this weekend?


A Health Forum yesterday heard there'd be no Out of Hours GP service on the Island this weekend. OnTheWight sought clarity from IW NHS ... sadly they didn't answer our straight questions.

Friday, 17th February, 2017 8:09pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Are you using your inhaler correctly? ask Isle of Wight NHS

asthma inhaler

Last year the Isle of Wight CCG spent almost £3,400,000 on inhalers, so the IW NHS Trust is keen to ensure the money is being used as effectively as possible.

Friday, 17th February, 2017 4:08pm

By Andy Hollebon with 2 readers' comments

MHI Vestas launched the Parliamentary Blades Project

Andrew Turner at MHI Vestas

The project celebrates the Island based manufacturer's contribution to the UK economy, advances in offshore wind technology, and the rapidly falling cost of electricity from offshore wind.

Friday, 17th February, 2017 9:21am

By Emma jackson with 12 readers' comments

Study into rural and urban butterflies reveals fascinating trends

Small Heath Butterfly

The study found that butterflies in urban areas emerged on average two days earlier than their countryside counterparts, with urban Brimstones emerging five days earlier than those found in rural locations.

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 2:55pm

By Katie Callaghan

Police investigation after 16 vehicles damaged overnight

police officer

A witness said two youths were responsible for the damage, one was wearing grey jogging bottoms; they both had their hoods up, were wearing trainers and were carrying bottles.

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 1:35pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight projects benefit from Police Commissioner grants

Fifty pound notes

12 projects that operate on the Isle of Wight will now benefit from £231,950 of funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 12:58pm

By Police and Crime Commissioner with 2 readers' comments

Firestone Copse: Forestry Commission start work to clear windblown trees


Residents are urged to follow instructions on site around Firestone Copse, near Havenstreet, as work is carried out over the next two - three weeks to clear windblown trees throughout the woodland.

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 11:43am

By Esta Mion with one comment